What are foundational Scriptures for memorization and meditation?
Memorizing and meditating on the Bible will change your life. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (II Timothy 3:16–17). (See also Joshua 1:8 and Psalm 1.)
The following selections focus on foundational themes in God’s Word and will deepen your understanding in specific areas.
- Teachings of Jesus Christ—Matthew 5, 6, 7
The rich principles Jesus presented in the Sermon on the Mount address many aspects of life, including our relationship with God and with others.
- Victory Over Sinful Habits—Romans 6, 7, 8
Chapter 6 of Romans explains how Christians are to reckon themselves dead to sin and alive to God. Romans 7 describes the law of sin, which operates much like the law of gravity. Romans 8 explains how Christians can live in freedom from the law of sin by the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Principles of God’s Law—Exodus 20, 21, 22
The Law reveals God’s standards of holiness and our inability to meet His requirements on our own. This truth lays a foundation for understanding our sinfulness and our need for salvation through Jesus Christ. The passage in Exodus summarizes God’s Law and supplies related case studies. It explains the cause-and-effect sequence of the laws of the harvest spoken of in Galatians 6:7–10.
- Applying Faith to Practical Living—James 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
In the Book of James, chapter 1 instructs us how to overcome temptation. Chapter 2 emphasizes the importance of having respect for others and putting our faith to work. Chapter 3 teaches us about taming the tongue. Chapter 4 explains how to conquer pride and related contentions. Chapter 5 gives practical business principles and direction for healing.
- Faith, Chastening, and Relationships—Hebrews 11:1–6, 12:1–11, 13:1–8
Hebrews 11 establishes the absolute importance of faith. Hebrews 12 describes the discipline required of us so that we can produce “the peaceable fruit of righteousness.” Hebrews 13 lists the vital relationships that Christians should maintain.
- Genuine Love—I Corinthians 13
This chapter defines the love that every Christian should develop and share by the grace of God. Engrafting this chapter into your life will provide direction for fulfilling the greatest commandments: love the Lord and love your neighbor as yourself.
- Spiritual Gifts—Romans 12
Every Christian has a spiritual gift. By using it properly we experience joy, fulfillment, and fruitfulness. This chapter identifies the gifts and their practical use for ministering God’s love to others.
- Principles of Authority—Romans 13
By seeing authority figures through the perspective of this chapter, you can respond properly to them and gain God’s protection and direction through them.
- Equipment for Spiritual Warfare—Ephesians 5, 6
The first chapters of Ephesians discuss God’s gift of redemption and the believer’s position in Jesus Christ. Chapters 5 and 6 identify the works of darkness, the relationships that grow out of being filled with God’s Spirit, and the need to put on the “armor of God.”
- Suffering Victoriously—I Peter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
The Book of I Peter offers rich insights on how to respond to suffering. By looking to the example of Jesus Christ, you’ll become prepared to victoriously endure the trials of life.
- The Fruit of the Spirit—Galatians 5:13–6:10
The works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit are both defined and clarified in this passage. It also provides instruction on how to share loving correction with fellow Christians.
- Becoming a Person After God’s Own Heart—Psalm 1, 15, 19, 25, 34, 37, 51, 112, 139
God called David a man after His own heart. David’s prayers in the Psalms will teach you to pray, to sing, to rejoice, to praise, and to know the God who cares deeply about every aspect of your life.
- Treasures of Wisdom—Proverbs 3
Mastering the entire Book of Proverbs will provide wise counsel for daily decisions. Chapter 3 gives practical instructions on how to find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
To locate other specific themes in Scripture, use tools such as Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, a topical Bible, or a variety of Bible study resources online.
May God bless your application of His Word, using it to renew your mind so that you will know and do the good and perfect will of God. (See Romans 12:1–2.)